By Kevin Phillips

6th May, 2021 | 7:00pm

Phillips hails Rice after surprise Man United update that's 'great news' for West Ham

Kevin Phillips is baffled by the noises coming out of Old Trafford about West Ham midfielder Declan Rice being “too slow”.

However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner claimed the suggestions are “great news” for Irons manager David Moyes.

According to Claret and Hugh, sources inside Manchester United claim the club’s interest in Rice has cooled given his £100m price tag and lack of pace.

The centre-midfielder, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, has been one West Ham’s star performers this season and has made 32 appearances across all competitions.

Phillips is shocked bye Manchester United’s scouting report and claimed it is a “harsh assessment” of the England international.

“I do not think it is a fair assessment saying Rice is too slow,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“I think he covers the ground quite well. He is a bit like Jordan Henderson. It is not his kind of role.

“It amazes me when people say he is too slow. Look at McTominay, I’d say Declan is a bit quicker than him.

“He a lot of great qualities and one of them is that he reads the game really well. When you read the game as well as he does you do not need to be quick. I think that is a harsh assessment of him.

“It is great news for West Ham though. The more that pull out the better for them! David Moyes will be hoping they all think he is too slow!” 

In other news, Moyes tipped to make Abraham U-turn after big West Ham development.